The Amber Weekend is over and it was an incredible time, start to finish. From the Keys to the Region Ceremony on Thursday, August 7th to the Mighty Peace Harley-Davidson Aykroyd Family Ride on August 9th to the Amber Ball later that evening, thousands of people were involved. There was incredible generosity displayed by our sponsors and by the hundreds of volunteers involved. We really can’t thank you enough! Here are a few pictures from the festivities. If you’d like to see more, there are hundreds on our Facebook page!
Municipal leaders from around the Peace Country held a Keys to the Region ceremony for Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon Aykroyd and their daughters at Grande Prairie City Hall on August 7, 2014 to honour their contributions to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum project. Dr. Philip Currie was the master of ceremonies and presenting leaders were Reeve Leanne Beaupre, County of Grande Prairie No. 1, Reeve Alvin Hubert, Saddle Hills County, Mayor Bill Given, City of Grande Prairie, Mayor Chris Turnmire, Town of Wembley, Claude Lagace, Mayor of Sexsmith and Eugene Horseman, Horse Lake First Nation Chief. Photo by Popik Photography.
Cutline: Hansen Ford and Speedpro Signs presented the Dino Bus to Leanne Beaupre, Reeve of the County of Grande No. 1 on August 7, 2014 as a donation to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. Left to right, Leanne Beaupre, Reeve of the County of Grande Prairie, Catherine Unger, Controller, Hansen Ford, Dave Metituk and Jen Metituk, Owners, Speedpro Signs and Ross Sutherland, Chair of the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society. Photo by Popik Photography.
Left, David Brown and right, Dan Aykroyd lead the Mighty Peace Harley-Davidson Aykroyd Family Ride to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum on Saturday, August 9th. The ride had over 650 participants and arrived at the museum site in time for the riders to join in on the ribbon-cutting ceremony and free public barbecue. Photo by Candice Popik, Popik Photography
Steph Kampf of CTV’s W5 interviews Dr. Matthew Vavrek, head palaeontologist for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum at the Pipestone Creek bonebed. The weekend attracted television crews including W5 from Toronto and Calgary’s Breakfast Television. Photo by Sean Trostem, Prairie Ranger Photography.
Thousands of people gathered to witness the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum building on August 9th. Left to right, Dan Aykroyd, Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Dr. Philip Currie, Ryan Pomeroy and Ross Sutherland, Deputy Reeve of the County of Grande Prairie No. 1. Photo by Candice Popik, Popik Photography
Dan Aykroyd rocked out on stage at the Amber Ball with blues band Estelle from Calgary. The Currie Museum’s fourth formal fundraising gala, the Ball had over 1,000 attendees and included performances by The Tenors and T. Buckley. Photo by Rob Wiebe, J. D. Robert Wiebe Photography
The Amber Ball theme was chosen as a nod to the amber with insects preserved inside that has been found in the Peace Country area. Photo by Charley McMullan, BeaverRoo Photography